Financial Literacy

Welcome to the Williams Financial Literacy Initiative!

What is Financial Literacy? It’s the knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being.

This pilot initiative organized by the Center for Learning in Action (CLiA) aims to provide accessible resources to help all students improve their money management skills and overall financial well-being while at Williams and beyond. This website serves as the gateway to online training and additional resources to help students with their personal goals and to help their families and communities. 

Williams is partnering with the non-profit Kindros to provide a free financial literacy learning platform for Williams students that offers online training in personal finance fundamentals, including earning, budgeting, saving, borrowing, credit scores, and insurance. The nine-section platform offers short modules that can be completed in any order and at one’s own pace. 

The initiative will also feature some in-person workshops on personal finance topics, opportunities to provide feedback on how to improve offerings, and ways to engage in financial literacy work in the wider community.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


  • Past Events

    Income Tax Filing Workshop for Williams Students
    Tuesday, March 5th, 6:30-8:00pm
    Sawyer 269 (CET Instruction Room)

    CLiA Financial Literacy Initiative team members and IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistants (Williams staff and students) will offer guidance and be on hand to provide one-on-one support for Williams students with filing income tax returns using free online platforms. Olympic Pizza and snacks will be provided.

    Note: Williams will reimburse any current undergraduate financial aid student for the amount of federal tax liability generated by their taxable scholarships and grants as detailed in their Williams financial aid award. Complete this Google Form to request reimbursement.

    Other FAQs answered here: https://www.williams.edu/sfs/current-student-faqs/#filing-your-federal-taxes

    • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program: The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is both a class offered during Winter Study (currently cross-listed under ECON 22 and POEC 22) and a community service program which provides low-income taxpayers assistance filing their income taxes.
    • Williams Student Financial Services: Williams will reimburse any current undergraduate financial aid student for the amount of federal tax liability generated by their taxable scholarships and grants as detailed in their Williams financial aid award. Complete this Google Form to request reimbursement. FAQs related to filing your federal taxes are available here.
    • IRS Free File: IRS Free File lets qualified taxpayers prepare and file federal income tax returns online using guided tax preparation software. It’s safe, easy and at no cost to you. Note that not all of the options provide free state tax form filing in every state.
    • The Babson Financial Literacy Project: The Babson Financial Literacy Project (BFLP) is a not-for-profit initiative designed to help young adults acquire the necessary financial knowledge and skills for long-term independence and prosperity. An important part of our mission is to fill the financial literacy gap for underserved populations.
    • Boston University Smart Money: BU Smart Money exists to help the Boston University community learn to manage personal finances more effectively via module-based asynchronous learning, timely information, and BU-specific tips.
    • Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy: The Center for Financial Literacy focuses its efforts on creating programs to help educators nationwide improve financial education in their classroom. The center’s innovative and nationally recognized training for K-12 educators is designed to confer the confidence, knowledge, and resources that make a lifelong impact on the lives of their students.
    • Wesleyan University CashCourse: Wesleyan University has teamed up with CashCourse to provide information regarding financial literacy and assist students in navigating the financial world.
    • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): A U.S. government agency dedicated to making sure you are treated fairly by banks, lenders and other financial institutions. The CFPB is a 21st century agency that implements and enforces Federal consumer financial law and ensures that markets for consumer financial products are fair, transparent, and competitive.
    • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Fraud Reporting: Protect your community by reporting fraud, scams, and bad business practices.
    • AARP Fraud Resource Center: Our team of fraud fighters has the real-world tips and tools to help protect you and your loved ones. Learn how to spot and avoid common scams.